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IU Basketball: Memorable Hoosier Wins at the Crisler Center

Indiana begins a stretch of four out of five games on the road when it plays at Michigan at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.

Michigan’s Crisler Center has not always been a friendly environment for the Indiana University men’s basketball team, but the Hoosiers have certainly had their share of memorable moments against the Wolverines in the building.

Here are our three favorites:

Steve Alford’s game winner in 1987

Bob Knight was so excited about Steve Alford’s game-winner in Ann Arbor that he ran off the floor, fists in the air.

In fact, the entire IU team ran off the court, following their senior guard to the tunnel after what appeared to be a buzzer beater.

But there was one problem.

The game wasn’t over.  The officials determined that one second remained on the clock.  An errant inbounds pass by Michigan sealed the win for IU, giving them an 85-84 victory.

No. 4 Indiana moved to 12-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Big Ten.  They would of course go on to win the school’s fifth national championship.

Hoosiers take down the Fab Five

In a marquee top ten 1993 matchup, Indiana was able to pull one out against current Michigan head coach Juwan Howard and the “Fab Five.”

A bizarre sequence in the final seconds gave the Wolverines a chance to steal the win on the final possession, but Alan Henderson blocked Chris Webber’s put-back attempt as time expired.

The Hoosiers would go on to sweep Michigan and win the Big Ten with a 17-1 record.

IU had a 3-1 record over two seasons against Howard and the Fab Five.

Indiana clinches the outright B1G title in 2013

With the outright league title on the line, IU rallied late for a stunning win.

IU fell behind by as many as 11 points in the first half, and the Hoosiers erased a five-point Michigan lead in the final 50 seconds of the game.

Indiana got a tip-in from Cody Zeller with just 13.8 seconds to play, and Jordan Morgan’s tip-in at the buzzer just barely rimmed off — giving the Hoosiers an improbable 72-71 comeback victory at the Crisler Center.

The loss was Michigan’s lone setback at home in 2013.

“The Run” in 2016

Michigan was no slouch in 2016.  The Wolverines were 17-5 overall and 7-2 in Big Ten play going into their showdown with first place Indiana.

While the records were close, the game was a complete mismatch.

Indiana went on a difficult to imagine 28-0 run that spanned both halves.  IU held the Wolverines scoreless for 10:29 during that stretch.

The Hoosiers would go on to win an outright Big Ten title.

Michigan head coach John Beilein had no answers after the game.

“It’s hard to stay in front of them,” he said. “They’re averaging 80 damn points a game. Sometimes, the other team is just damn better than you on that night.”

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